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July 8th, 2011


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11:32 am - Teachers don't learn
One thing that always boggles me during the summer months in London is the way you'll get a teacher (or two) shepherding a class of 30 kids trying to travel by Underground. They stand in a huddle on the platform, then act all surprised when a part full train pulls up, and there isn't space for them all to get on through one door. There probably isn't even space for them to fit in one carriage.

What do they do? While curious, I've never hung around to find out how they eventually get on a train. Do they wait for that most rare of items, an empty tube train (possibly in the wee hours)? Do they realise that they are going to have to change their strategy? Do any of them, when they finally get back, remember to tell other teachers that it was a really dumb idea?

You have to wonder if it is some initiation prank for the new hire taking their first school trip. Perhaps back in the staff room the seasoned veterans are smirking and sniggering as they recount tales of past trips though a fug of pipe tobacco. Though I guess, these days, the staff room doesn't feature clouds of smoke, and marked homework only has red ink and no flakes of shag.

I think watching (online) the sun rise over the last shuttle has left me somewhat melancholy.

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From:lilsi
Date:July 8th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
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Lol i bet you just saw my cousin :p

were they Welsh? my cousins school have taken a bunch of them to London for 3 days!

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